A simple equation:
Cold weather = Jill being inside more + cooking everything from scratch = a mountain of dirty dishes = a ridiculous amount of time spent washing dishes = a very sloppy sink area most of the time.
I wish I had some magical tip to share with you about how I keep my sink area spotless all of the time. But I don’t. It’s usually speckled with hard water spots, various bread crumbs, and a dishrag throw haphazardly across the divider.
However, I DO have a few tips on how to keep your garbage disposal fresh.
Because let’s be honest: is there anything worse than standing at a sink full of dirty dishes and having to smell a stinky disposal?
No, I didn’t think so.
Three Simple Ways to Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal
1. Use the power of citrus
Citrus is coming into season, and it’s the perfect time to stock up on oranges and grapefruits. As a general rule, I usually gorge myself on grapefruit over the winter months. (During the winter I was pregnant with Prairie Baby, I had horrible cravings for grapefuit and I consumed approximately 60 pounds all.by.myself. For real.)
Before you toss those orange peels (or lemon, or grapefruit, or lime) into the garbage, place a couple pieces of peel in your garbage disposal, and run some water down the drain as you turn on the diposal.
The rough peels help to clean the blades, and the citrus oils do a fantastic job of naturally freshening things up.
2. Ice Cubes
Place a handful of ice cubes into your garbage diposal, turn on the water, and allow it to run for a minute or two. This can help to “de-gunk” the blades and remove odor-causing food particles.
A variation on this idea is to freeze vinegar in your ice cube trays and grind it up instead. You can also try adding some rock salt in with your ice cubes for extra cleaning power.
3. Make a volcano
(Also known as the baking soda/vinegar method)
Sprinkle some baking soda down your disposal (I usually use 1/4 to 1/2 cup).
Pour vinegar (approximately one cup) down the disposal, and allow the two ingredients to foam and bubble (this is a great time to get the kids to help!).
Allow the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, run hot (or even boiling) water down the disposal as it is running to flush everything through.
Baking soda and vinegar are my favorite cleaners for many areas of the home, and they do a great job of deodorizing a garbage disposal as well.
I’ve seen many sources that suggest using bleach or bleach-based cleaners to freshen your disposal. If you’ve been reading the blog for any amount of time, then you probably already know how much I hate bleach.
It gives me an instant headache, dries out my skin, and is pretty much a poison.
Plus, we have a septic tank, so I hate putting bleach down the drain for fear of hurting all the beneficial septic tank bacteria. (Strange, but true…)
Moral of the story- step away from the bleach and use safe, natural alternatives instead.
So, dear readers, that wasn’t exactly my most glamorous post, but a necessary one, nonetheless.
Have any good garbage disposal tips to share?